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Old 09-13-2007, 06:52 PM   #1
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Surefire flashlights

Alright, it seems that some of you are smarter than the average bear, so I am hoping some of you know something about flashlights.

I currently own a surefire L4, 100 lumen LED flashlight (palm sized) good for 2.5 hours. Now, my flashlight is like having the sun in your hand for 1 hour, and then like having a 4 D cell mag light for the remaining hour and a half.

More and more, my friends and myself, are getting back into late night exploration. Obviously I carry my surefire, knife, and handgun while we are out, but I need something else.

My surefire is FABULOUS for when I need to see far, clear a room, or use a defensive device, but I need something that I can get good light out of, but not nessessarily give my posisition away, for a couple hours. I am thinking ~50-60 lumens that will hold that 50-60 lumens for 5-6 hours for when I don't need to blind someone, but need to see.

Should I just get some cheapy maglight, or take a look at the new Surefire G2 LED. It says 12 hour runtime, but I am thinking that means 1 hour of 80 lumen light, and 10 hours of 25 lumen light.

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Old 09-13-2007, 07:04 PM   #2
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I just picked up a 6 watt LED flashlight that I love. Good flood pattern and on 4 C's lasted us more than the whole weekend camping. 30 bucks at Sears.

Now Joe and Lisa have those little LED lite Dots in their RV that we seem to carry around with us for hours on end. Small, lightweight, cheap, and can last several hours.

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Old 09-13-2007, 07:29 PM   #3
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Amy got a little led light that clips to my hat, it uses AAA batteries. I have no idea how many lumens it puts out but it's enough for night navigation or close up work.
I've been using it just about every night at work for a year on the same batteries.
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Old 09-13-2007, 08:10 PM   #4
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surefire, mag-light, and streamlight are my favorites. I would just go with one of the other two. I love my streamlight.
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Old 09-13-2007, 09:36 PM   #5
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Ya, like I said, I LOVE my surefire, but I need something a little less bright (don't want to give away my position THAT easily unless nessesary) and much longer lasting, for normal night exploration, and keep my surefire in my pocket untill I need the power of the sun, or to blind someone defensively.

Anyone have any experience with the little cheapy LED streamlights? I would love to get another surefire, but most of theres seem to be like main. Bright as crap, and eat batteries quick. I just want an un-breakable light that puts out a decent cone, and sips energy, untill I pull out my monster light
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I have an INOVA LED that runs on the lithium 123 (3.6 VDC x2=7.2 vdc) that is real bright and lasts for months. I used it daily for months in the shipyard crawling around in tanks and over head, a bit on the high end at $50 but nice and small, even has a touch button to flash or on off real quick. Blind you with its brilliance ( I just put new batteries in and tested it by looking into it I see red spots all over)
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Old 09-14-2007, 04:40 AM   #7
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I got a little LED one, I think the brand is taskforce, or something like that it works really well bright, but fades away. really cheap LED's are gonna give you a glow but at the same time not light everything up. good luck to you
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My Maglite "Mag Charger" is one of my best purchases ever. The thing just lasts forever on a charge. And the output would embarrass a regular 4D Maglite. I now use it in the Jeep instead of my spot light. Mounted the charger next to driver seat. Great for long distance and in tight, will hold a charge for months, and several hours of continuous use w/o diminished output. Great light. Only downside is the size - same as a Dcell Mag.

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